Date: 2007-05-11 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That's self-deprecating, and before you tell me they're "both acceptable", the two come from different IE roots (http://www.bartleby.com/61/IEroots.html), and their interchangeability is nothing more than an accepted error:

ENTRY: per-5
DEFINITION: To traffic in, sell (< “to hand over,” “distribute”). A verbal root belonging to the group of per1. Base of two distinct extended roots.
I. Root form *pret-. 1. interpret, from Latin compound inter-pres (stem inter-pret-), go-between, negotiator (inter-, between; see en). 2. Suffixed form *pret-yo-. praise, precious, price; appraise, appreciate, depreciate, from Latin pretium, price.

ENTRY: prek-
DEFINITION: To ask, entreat. Oldest form *pre-, becoming *prek- in centum languages.1. Basic form *prek-. pray, prayer1, precarious; deprecate, imprecate, prie-dieu, from *prex, prayer (attested only in the plural precs), with Latin denominative precr, to entreat, pray. 2. Suffixed zero-grade form *pk-sk- becoming *pork-sk-, contracted to *posk- in suffixed form *posk-to-, contracted to *posto-. postulate; expostulate, from Latin postulre, to ask, request. (Pokorny 4. per- 821.)

I don't know what those two authors prove, anyway. What I've seen of their work wasn't interesting at all. You're not wrong however. And you're cute, so you could misspell every other word and it wouldn't matter, ultimately.
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